Recent Survey Shows Voter Confidence Increased in 2022

Recent Survey Shows Voter Confidence Increased in 2022

( – In the last several years, US elections have become an increasingly partisan issue. However, a new MIT Election Data & Science Lab survey found that a higher number of voters expressed confidence that the ballots had been correctly counted in the 2022 election following the decrease in confidence in 2020.

The survey found that 69 percent of voters expressed some confidence in the voting process nationwide. This marks an 8 percent increase from the 61 percent it had been in the 2020 election. However, voter confidence did not manage to fully bounce back to pre-2020 levels when it had been at 73 percent in 2016.

Thirty-two percent of voters stated that they were somewhat confident that the ballots had been correctly counted, marking a large increase from the 23 percent who had failed the same in the 2020 election. However, both of these levels remain far lower than the 44 percent who had been somewhat confident in 2016.

In 2022, those who were not at all confident in the election fell to 13 percent, from 26 percent in 2020. In 2016, only 9 percent of voters held this view.

The biggest change occurred among Republican voters whose level of confidence in ballots being properly counted had decreased by 60 points between 2016 and 2020. This was widely driven by former President Donald Trump’s repeated unsubstantiated claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 election. In 2022, 42 percent of Republicans expressed confidence in the counting process, marking a 20-point increase from 22 percent in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, Democrats were far more likely to express confidence in elections in 2020 and 2022, compared to Conservative voters.

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